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The Diamond Jubilee Stakes

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The third race in the QIPCO British Champions Series Sprint category, Ascot’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes (renamed in 2012 in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee) is run on the last day of the Royal Meeting.

It boasts Lester Piggott as its most successful jockey and Vincent O’Brien as its most successful trainer. You can’t get much better than that. In a vote for the greatest figure in the history of horseracing conducted by the Racing Post newspaper, O’Brien came first, with his long-standing stable jockey Piggott coming second.

O’Brien was the sort of man best described by what he did not achieve rather than what he did. The Irishman, in short, dominated National Hunt racing – three Grand Nationals in a row – dominated Flat racing – training six Derby winners – then helped set up the legendary Coolmore Stud. But even he could not claim to be associated with the Golden Jubilee’s most successful horse, Prince Charlie, who won the race three times in a row from 1872.

The Diamond Jubilee is run just four days after the Kings Stand Stakes on the first day of Ascot’s Royal Meeting, but some horses contest both races and the brilliant Australian-trained sprinter, Choisir, memorably wrote his name into the record books by winning them both in 2003.

Established in 1868 and originally known as the Cork and Orrery Stakes, the race was upgraded to Group 1 status and renamed to mark The Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, before taking on its new title of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012.  It is open to three-year-olds or older horses and is run over 6 furlongs (1,200 metres).

In 2014 Irish trainer Edward Lynam saddled both the winner of the King’s Stand Stakes (Sole Power) and the Diamond Jubilee with Slade Power, a remarkable achievement.

Current leading jockey: Tom Queally (2009 and 2017)
Current leading trainers: Dermot Weld, 2 wins (1984, 1987)

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The Tin Man shows his mettle

The Tin Man struck for a second time in a QIPCO British Champions Series contest at Ascot when landing the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

However, his connections could only celebrate after a lengthy stewards’ enquiry into interference between the winner and next two home – Tasleet and Limato.

After what must have seemed an eternity to the ten members of the Fred Archer Racing Syndicate, who own the The Tin Man, the result was allowed to stand, although winning jockey Tom Queally picked up a two-day ban.

The Tin Man, a five-year-old son of Equiano, was held up early on in the six-furlong contest but having thread a passage towards the far-side rail at the two furlong pole, the gelding stayed on tenaciously despite drifting left, to score by a neck from the fast-finishing Tasleet (7/1), trained by William Haggas in second, with Henry Candy‘s well-supported 2/1 favourite Limato a further three-quarter lengths behind in third.

It was a tight finish, and slightly messy one, but not even the vanquished disputed the best horse had won on the day.

The winner clearly relishes the royal racecourse, having also won the QIPCO Champion Sprint Stakes at Ascot on QIPCO Champions Day in October.

“I am a very relieved man. I am extremely grateful for The Tin Man, for giving a fantastic performance,” Fanshawe, said: “This horse doesn’t tell you a thing back home. He just has a buck and a kick and does none of his homework.

“Tom gave him the most beautiful ride today. The Tin Man is a star horse and we are lucky to have him. Tom has proved that there is no man better in the big races than him and he rode the horse beautifully today – it’s great for the yard as well.

“To have a horse of that calibre, with the Fred Archer Partnership, is really exciting. The horse is so laidback but, when he produces that sort of performance, it is absolutely thrilling. He is the best older horse – I am not sure about the three-year-olds – but he has done it twice now. He won the Champion Sprint last year and the Diamond Jubilee this year. He is a very, very good horse.”

He added: “We have been a bit thin on the ground with runners this year, but it doesn’t matter when you have a horse like The Tin Man to get you out of jail.”

The Tin Man has potentially set up a mouth-watering clash with Caravaggio, brilliant winner of the Commonwealth Cup 24 hours earlier, in the July Cup at Newmarket on July 15.

“I’ll see how he comes out of this race,” Fanshawe said. “He is entered in the July Cup, it’s the obvious target but we will play it by ear. I’m sure we will meet with Caravaggio at some point this year and let’s just hope The Tin Man is in one piece when they do meet up.”

Queally is destined to always be remembered for his association with the mighty Frankel, but prefers to live in the present. “You’re only as good as the horse you’re on and it’s nice to have a horse of this calibre to come to the big meetings with. This is what it’s all about.

“I’m delighted for Jacko [Fanshawe, the trainer’s wife] and all the team – the Fred Archer syndicate [which owns The Tin Man] is her initiative – the people in the office, on the yard, day in, day out.”

Tasleet, stepping up to Group One company for the first time in the hands of Jim Crowley, just missed out but William Haggas was proud of him.

“I am delighted with how the horse has run,” said Haggas of the four-year-old colt by Showcasing. “To run and win on soft ground last time, and to run like that on fast ground today, proves that I have been an idiot not running him over six furlongs until today! He’s a good horse.

Of the final furlong bumps, he said: “I don’t know, it’s one of those things. Jim said there was a hell of a headwind and they were all over the place, but my mate’s won the race, so I can swallow that!”

Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, said: “Hopefully we come back here in October for the QIPCO Champion Sprint Stakes, all being well.”

Henry Candy, the trainer of third-placed Limato, wasn’t looking for excuses despite his charge being a little squeezed for space as The Tin Man edged left in the closing stages.

“Ryan said he was third best at that stage – end of story,” Candy said.n”I’m delighted with his run. It’s good to have Santa Anita and Dubai out of the way – he’s back on track.

“It will be a toss-up (next) between the July Cup and the Lennox. Ryan is rather in favour of the July Cup, which is quite surprising as he would be on Caravaggio in that.”

Dean Ivory, trainer of fourth-placed Librisa Breeze, said: “He has been off for a while – he hadn’t had a run this year – so I’m absolutely delighted with him. We haven’t thought beyond today.”


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The Course

British horseracing can lay claim to plenty of blue-blooded connections, but none rival those of Ascot. The Berkshire racecourse’s roots go back 300 years to Queen Anne, who recognised the potential of a stretch of heath land while out riding just a few miles from Windsor Castle.

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The royal link has endured ever since. Today, Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family attend the world-famous ‘Royal Ascot’ meeting each year, arriving in a horse drawn carriage. Royal Ascot, meanwhile, has earned iconic status as a centrepiece of the social calendar, when the world’s best thoroughbreds face fierce competition from the world’s most extravagant fashion designs.

Ascot, which underwent a £200 million redevelopment between 2004-6, also hosts the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO in July, the most prestigious open-age Flat race staged in Britain.

It will also host the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day in October which will be the richest raceday ever staged in Britain with over £4.2m in prize money and the climax to the QIPCO British Champions Series.  Including the five category finales on QIPCO British Champions Day, Ascot stages no less than 13 of the 35 QIPCO British Champions Series races.

What sort of horses like Ascot? Horses that like right-handed courses. And what sort of people? People who like champagne and scones, apparently. During the five-day Royal Ascot meeting in 2010, 60,000 bottles of champagne and 40,000 scones were consumed. Lobsters, meanwhile, don’t like Royal Ascot – 1,500 of them were eaten over that same period.

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